As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde

I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

Thomas Jefferson

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Mahatma Gandhi

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.

Lois McMaster Bujold

The absence of war is not peace.

Harry S Truman

Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will erase the ruthlessness hidden in innocent blood?

Pablo Neruda

You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.

Albert Einstein

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.

Albert Einstein

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Albert Einstein

The opposite of war isn't peace; it's creation.

Jonathon Larson

I-I am going to be a storm-a flame-I need to fight whole armies alone;I have ten hearts; I have a hundred arms; I feel too strong to war with mortals-BRING ME GIANTS!

Cyrano De Bergerac

Another such victory, and we are undone.


War is a series of disasters which result in a winner.

George Clemenceau God's name I command you to let me know as soon as you are aware of the arrival of Fastolf; because if he should pass without my knowledge, I promise you that I will have [your] head removed.

Joan of Arc

Using the Oval office to cheat on your wife makes you a bad husband and an irresponsible leader. Using the Oval office to lead your troops into a war born of blatant deception makes you a murderer and a war criminal.

Jules Carlysle

America is addicted to wars of distraction.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Only when the war propaganda of the victors is entered into the history books of the vanquished, (and this is also believed by succeeding generations), only then will our reeducation have succeeded.

Walter Lippmann

I will not play tug o' war. I'd rather play hug o' war. Where everyone hugs instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles and rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, and everyone cuddles, and everyone wins.

Shel Silverstein

You, men of England, who have no right to this Kingdom of France, the King of Heaven orders and notifies you through me, Joan the Maiden, to leave your fortresses and go back to your own country; or I will produce a clash of arms to be eternally remembered. And this is the third and last time I have written to you; I shall not write anything further.

Joan of Arc

War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.

George Clemenceau

The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling.

Walter Goodman

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

Omar Bradley

War is the science of destruction.

John Abbott

Why don't presidents fight the war?/ Why do they always send the poor? ... B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bombs).

Daron Malakian

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility.

John Arbuthnot Fisher

Every war is a national misfortune.

Helmeth Von Moltke

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.

Georges Clemenceau

If there is ever another war in Europe, it will come out of some damned silly thing in the Balkans.

Otto von Bismarck

You can't say that civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.

Will Rogers

Vietnam was the first war ever fought without any censorship. Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.

Gen William C. Westmoreland

We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.

Howard Zinn

When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.

Dwight David Eisenhower

That most unfortunate war, which I deeply deplore.


It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.

William Tecumseh Sherman

It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.

Marguerite de Valois

After World War II society had to settle back for a moment before it picked up the 20th century.

Stella Blum

No more war! Never again war! If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.

Pope Paul Vi

In the Long Run Luck is awarded to the efficient.

Helmeth Von Moltke

War nearly always serves as an occasion for serious expansions of state power and the destruction of legal protections.

Joseph Sobran

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash.

Fred Woodworth

There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.

Marianne Moore

We will go to the sun of freedom or to the death; if we die, our cause will continue living.

Augusto Sandino

Either war is obsolete or men are.

R. Buckminster Fuller

National Missile Defense is of a nature to retrigger a proliferation of weapons, notably nuclear missiles. Everything that goes in the direction of proliferation is a bad direction.

Jacques Chirac

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.

John Gay

It is painful enough to discover with what unconcern they speak of war and threaten it. I have seen enough of it to make me look upon it as the sum of all evils.

Thomas Stonewall Jackson

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.

Ulysses S. Grant

An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.

John Paul Jones

War hath no fury like a non-combatant.

Charles Edward Montague

What was taken by force, can only be restored by force.

Gamal Abdel Nasser

I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.

Thomas Payne

The United States basically accepted protection abroad as the price of post-war recovery. Now, that these countries have caught up to our level of prosperity, it is time for them to catch up to our level of openness.

Larry Summers

Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.

Tony Blair

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.

Solomon Short

Kennedy said that if we had nuclear war we'd kill 300 million people in the first hour. McNamara, who is a good businessman and likes to save, says it would be only 200 million.

Norman Thomas

Pacifists are like sheep who believe that wolves are vegetarians.

Yves Montand

We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life.

A. J. Muste

I don't object to its being called "McNamara's war." I think it is a very important war and I am pleased to be identified with it and do whatever I can to win it.

Robert S. McNamara

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

Jeannette Rankin

Arrived too late. Act already done.


They keep telling us that in war truth is the first casualty, which is nonsense since it implies that in times of peace truth stays out of the sick bay or the graveyard.

Alexander Cockburn

War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.

Thomas Mann

War: a wretched debasement of all the pretenses of civilization.

Omar Bradley

They defended the grains of sand in the desert to the last drop of their blood.

Gamal Abdel Nasser

War is the father of all things. But who is the mother?

Gerhard Kocher

If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.

William Tecumseh Sherman

There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.

Howard Zinn

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.

Georges Clemenceau

The Establishment center... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation.

George Mcgovern

Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

William Mckinley

The soldier does not wish to appear a coward, disloyal, or un-American. The situation has been so defined that he can see himself as patriotic, courageous, and manly only through compliance.

Stanley Milgram

The chief incalculable in war is the human will.

B. H. Liddell Hart

The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.


The atomic bomb made the prospect of future war unendurable. It has led us up those last few steps to the mountain pass; and beyond there is a different country.

J. Robert Oppenheimer

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.

Agatha Christie

War is what happens when language fails.

Margaret Atwood

If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.

Ulysses S. Grant

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.

Karl Popper

We love peace, but not peace at any price. There is a peace more destructive of the manhood of living man, than war is destructive to his body. Chains are worse than bayonets.

Douglas Jerrold

As a woman I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.

Jeannette Rankin

Under no circumstances should we now ease our restrictions on arms sales to Iran. Such a policy reversal would be seen as inexplicably inconsistent by those nations whom we have urged to refrain from such sales, and would likely lead to increased arms sales by them and a possible alteration of the strategic balance in favor of Iran while (the Ayatollah) Khomeini is still the controlling influence.

Caspar W. Weinberger

The poetry of heroism appeals irresitably to those who don't go to a war, and even more so to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy.

Louis Ferdinand Celine

The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.

Arthur Wellesley

Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.

Carl Sandburg

Everyone, when there's war in the air, learns to live in a new element: falsehood.

Jean Giraudoux

There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives. the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun.

Alison Lurie

Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck.

Guy De Maupassant

There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America.

Patrick Buchanan

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.

W. L. George

Why is it that an extended olive branch often turns to a clinched fist of hatred?

Don Williams, Jr

What the Bush administration is primarily interested in is regime change in the United States, not regime change in Iraq or South East Asia or the Balkans. A foreign war is a wonderful lollipop to stuff in the mouth of a possibly quarrelsome press.

Lewis H. Lapham

People in general are scared to death of the war and all the exhibition have been a failure, because the rich - don't want to buy anything.

Frida Kahlo

The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.

Lester B. Pearson

It is well that war is so terrible - otherwise we would grow too fond of it.

Robert E. Lee

War would end if the dead could return.

Stanley Baldwin

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life.

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.

Herbert Prochnow

To secede from the Union and set up another government would cause war. If you go to war with the United States, you will never conquer her, as she has the money and the men. If she does not whip you by guns, powder, and steel, she will starve you to.

Sam Houston

There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.

Reinhold Niebuhr

I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war.

George Clemenceau

I hope we don't lose in America this demand that those of us who want this office must be prepared not to handle the 10-second gimmick that deals, say, with little things like war and peace.

Walter H. Pater

One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.

Sir Winston Churchill

Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events.

Sir Winston Churchill

I think that this is the first war in history that on the morrow the victors sued for peace and the vanquished called for unconditional surrender.

Abba Eban

War is not nice.

Barbara Bush

Everything, everything in war is barbaric... But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.

Ellen Key

Last night I had the strangest dream ~~ I ever dreamed before ~~ I dreamed the world had all agreed ~~ To put an end to war.

Earle Mccurdy

War - hard apprenticeship of freedom.

Edward Everett Hale

The moral is obvious: it is that great armaments lead inevitably to war.

Edward Grey

For when established identities become outworn or unfinished ones threaten to remain incomplete, special crises compel men to wage holy wars, by the cruelest means, against those who seem to question or threaten their unsafe ideological bases.

Erik Erikson, Dr.